Monday Bridge 28 October 2019

Hi All,

Bring the sun back! Congratulations to Darrell and Jan (70%) and Bobbie Sue (63%) for high scores for the day. You've all done very well.

Next Monday we'll start at Lesson 1. Be prepared to hit the ground running. If you know people who want lessons, this is a good time to start.

Check back tomorrow and Wednesday for my comments on today's boards.

See you next time.


PS  Some nasty hands today! Comments added to board 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

North uses the Rule of Two or Three to open 2 Spades. East has neither an overcall or a double, so passes. South can't see 10 tricks, so passes. It makes with an overtrick for a good score, but Bobbie found an extra overtrick for the top. 

East opens 1 Heart, South overcalls 1 Spade and West responds 1 No Trump to show his Spade stopper. North can't see game, but may compete with 2 Clubs. East will rebid 2 Hearts, South may compete with 3 Clubs and West may compete with 3 Spades. A measly competitive part score, but the side that gets the top scores as high as grand slam.

Too many options and too few good scores. Yuck!

Finally! A reasonably straightforward board. South opens 1 Spade and North responds 2 Hearts to show his 10 or more points and force South to describe his hand. South jumps to 3 Spades to show his 6 or more Spades and 17 or more points. North reevaluates to 15 points and knows his Spade support gives partner 20 or more. North is interested in slam, has plenty of points, but, since they have a lot of distribution points, needs to be sure partner has at least 2 Aces. He jumps to 4 No Trump, Blackwood, and South responds 5 Hearts to show two Aces. North sees some holes, but has the fit, the points and 3 Aces, so bids 6 Spades.

Unfortunately, the King of Spades is off-side and he goes down one. The Cautious Coras win this one.

North opens 1 Diamond, East and South pass and West doubles (Big). North passes and East stops to think. If he assumes a Heart fit, he can reevaluate to 9 points and jump to 2 Hearts. West would then jump to 4 Hearts to show the fit and the big double. 

Let's suppose that East isn't sure of the fit and advances to 1 Heart. West wants to show the big double, but ponders whether to raise Hearts or bid 2 Clubs. East could have nothing much with only 4 Hearts. West decides to bid 2 Hearts to show the fit and his 17 or more points. East then reevaluates to 9 points in Hearts and raises to game. 

Declarer makes 4 Hearts for the top but only one pair got there. Jan's recent brain surgery has apparently given her superpowers.

South opens 1 Spade and North raises to to 2 Spades to show his support and 6-9 points. South reevaluates to 21 points and raises to 4 Spades. It makes with an overtrick for the top.

South is tempted by his two Aces, but passes with his flat 12. West opens 1 Club and East responds 1 Spade. West rebids 2 No Trump to show his balanced hand with 18-19 HCPs and East raises to 3 No Trump with his 7 HCPs. It makes with an overtrick for the top.

East opens 1 Diamond (13 points with 3 prime honors), South passes and West responds 2 Clubs to show his 5 or more Clubs, 10 or more points and to force partner to describe his hand. East rebids 2 Hearts (exception to reverse) and West stops to think. It's probably a 4-3 fit, but he doesn't see anything better. He will probably pass and they can make an overtrick for the top. He might also rebid 3 Clubs or 2 No Trump. Either of these make, but score lower than 2 Hearts plus 1.

West opens 1 No Trump and East may or may not use Stayman to look for a Spade fit. He's not apt to trump anything, but whatever he does he ends up bidding 2 No Trump when West has no 4-card major. West counts 16 HCPs and looks for extra values that might allow him to upgrade and raise to 3 No Trump. He has no 5-card suit and has only 3 prime honor and 4 quacks. He passes. 

Declarer makes an overtrick, but no one made 3 No Trump and he gets the top anyway. The declarers who bid 3 No Trump and went down need to look at this and find 9 tricks.

Another nasty hand. West uses the Rule of Two or Three to open 4 Diamonds (7 tricks plus 3). This is doubled and down two for minus 300. It effectively keeps the opponents out of game for minus 600. Unfortunately, the opponents can't make a game and the "Phantom sacrifice" scores poorly.

Suppose another West has read the small print and thinks he is too strong for a preempt with his 4-card major. He opens 1 Diamond with his 14 points. North doubles and East responds 1 Spade. South passes and West rebids 2 Diamonds. North may double again and East stops to think. He can pass or persist with 2 Hearts. If he passes, South will probably advance 3 Clubs and go down. If he bids, West will raise to 3 Hearts and East may go to 4 Hearts and make it for the top.

As I said, nasty hand. 

North opens 2 No Trump and all pass. East leads the Queen of Diamonds and declarer stops to count and plan. He sees 4 top tricks; 1 Spade, 1 Heart and 2 Diamonds. He has no sure entries to dummy, so needs the opponent's help.

Declarer ducks the first Diamond and wins the next with the Ace. He leads the 9 of Hearts and, when East plays low, let's it run to West's Jack. West exits with his last Diamond and declarer wins the King. He then cashes the Ace of Hearts and continues with another to force the King. West now has only Clubs and Spades. If he exits with a Club, Declarer wins dummy's King and can lead through West's Ace to set up the Queen. If he leads a Spade, Declarer will win with the Queen, lead to dummy's good 10 of Hearts and lead a Club through West's Ace. He gets two tricks in each suit.